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Racial WorldmakingThe Power of Popular Fiction$
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Mark C. Jerng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277759

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.001.0001

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Futures Past of Asiatic Racialization

Futures Past of Asiatic Racialization

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(p.50) Chapter 2: Futures Past of Asiatic Racialization
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Racial Worldmaking
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Mark C. Jerng

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277759.003.0003

This chapter pursues the connections between the modes of storytellling built in future war stories and the new global logics of race described in the previous chapter. It takes the body of literature typically thought to be the most responsible for sensationalizing racist representations of Asiatic persons - future war yellow peril stories - and suggests instead that their narrative strategies act irrespective of the representation of Asiatic persons. Race and genre interact to achieve certain cognitive effects. It traces these cognitive effects across Homer Lea’s popular military history Valor of Ignorance, Marsden Manson’s political pamphlet, Yellow Peril in Action, and popular future war stories by M.P. Shiel and H.G. Wells. It shows how the genre of future war and these ways of noticing race interact in producing the yellow peril as real.

Keywords:   Asiatic racialization, future war, Lea, Homer, Shiel, M.P, speculation, Valor of Ignorance, War in the Air, The, Wells, H.G., Yellow peril

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